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Until recently, there were few women beekeepers in the Republic of Moldova, but there has been a recent buzz in activity. Gradually managing to ‘tame’ the bees and overcome stereotypes, today roughly 8 per cent of the 7,696 apiaries listed in the National Food Safety Agency’s National Register of Beekeepers are kept by women.

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Women from Boscana commune, together with women refugees from Ukraine, have organised a cultural activity to get to know each other better and exchange traditions and customs, at the initiative of the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM), with support from UN Women and financial contribution from Sweden. It was the first time when women refugees accommodated in the commune managed to meet one another, share information, concerns and contacts. Boscana inhabitants also had the opportunity to become acquainted with women refugees who have been living in their commune for over two months.
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Tamara Schiopu, 56, is an environmentalist and an expert in ecological agriculture from Moldova. She is the President of EcoLocal - Association of Organic and Artisanal Producers and Consumers of Moldova. Tamara has always been immersed in nature. Her husband has been an organic farmer for over 40 years. Tamara learned about the benefits of this type of agriculture from him and has adopted an environment and climate-friendly lifestyle.
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The ‘Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts’ project was launched with the support of UN Women and is implemented by ‘Artemida’ NGO from Drochia aiming to develop assistance and counselling service for victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence (assistance for victims of violence) in Cahul and Ungheni districts.

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23 communities from Cahul and Ungheni developed gender-sensitive strategies and budgets for 2022
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Anastasia Robuleț: Women refugees feel safer here, and I try to offer them all they support need
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UN Women Moldova and Ungheni District Council signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a specialised service for victims of sexual violence

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An event dedicated to women producers from Moldova under the theme „Developing business opportunities for women producers” took place today in Chisinau. The event has been organised by UN Women Moldova, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, with financial support from Sweden.
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Svetlana Brodetcaia is a customer service manager at the foreign invested enterprise „Premier Energy” LLC. Having over 30 years of experience in energy, she states that gender is not an obstacle to career advancement.
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Doina Gherman: I am proud that the Republic of Moldova has become the thirty fifth state in the world, which found the courage and sided with all victims of domestic violence
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A mural dedicated to gender equality, illustrating women in different professions considered as designed for men, was painted in Chisinau.
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Viorelia Chistruga is a 17 years old student from Birnova village, Ocnita district, a member of district youth council in the same locality. Viorelia, who is also a participant of the mentorship programme, says that she has found the opportunity to get involved and to elaborate gender equality projects after making many searches. She was interested in concrete opportunities where she could express her opinion and work on eradicating the phenomenon of sexual harassment.
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A photo exhibition has been launched in Cahul, gathering the works of the 13 participants in the boot camp “Equality through the lens of a camera”, where they learned how to become gender equality and human rights advocates in the society, using photography for this purpose, while also giving them the opportunity to try out and master portrait shooting, storytelling photography and photo exhibitions.
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Art therapy: 5 pieces of art made by survivors of domestic violence, exhibited at the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
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The first specialised service of the Republic of Moldova for victims of sexual violence will be set up in Ungheni
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The Moldovan labour market is characterized by considerable gender differences in terms of labour force placement, salaries and unpaid work, which reflect negatively predominantly on women. In the past years a number of provisions aiming at facilitating the access for parents to the labour market have been adopted at the national level. However, parents still face different difficulties in benefiting from new amendments. The main reason is the small number of institutions offering early childhood education.
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‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence’ Campaign with the topic ‘Orange the World: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!’ was inaugurated in Ungheni by holding a public discussion on the role of local authorities in fighting violence against women at the local level. According to statistics, 1 in 3 women was subjected to physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. COVID-19 pandemic worsened the situation of women affected by abuse. During the event, the local authorities reiterated the commitment of district administration to develop a specialised service for victims of sexual violence and take concrete actions to prevent and respond to violence.
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2021 was a difficult and demanding year. The COVID-19 Pandemic was and still is a crucial factor in disrupting everyone’s lives, but with a disproportionate impact on women and girls. The rise of cases of domestic violence that they have faced due to lockdowns all over the world, tell us a story of an ongoing discrimination and overlooking of their condition and struggles. We need, thus, urgent actions. This year, within the campaign, UN Women advocates for eliminating violence against women now! Engaging men is a prerequisite for...
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Anastasia actively participates in training sessions and mentorship programmes to receive more information on topics she is interested in, then disseminating it in her community. „I am an environmental activist but gender equality and combating violence against women are very important for me as well. I am currently working on ellaborating a podcast covering human rights, which will also target such topics as violence against women, sexism, gender equality ”, the activist says. ...
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Catalin Tcaciuc and Diana are involved in the implementation of the information project for young generations on violence against women, causes of this phenomenon, as well as its long-term consequences and negative effects. The project has been implemented in a mixed format, both in Chisinau and in other regions of the country, focusing on a creative approach, facilitating the participation of other people of the same age in photography contests or cinema evenings, which put at the forefront violence against women and girls.